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Health Advice for Travellers

Every year, more than 56 million overseas journeys are made by English people either travelling in search of sea and sun, business or backpacking. Travelling to foreign countries is now so common that it can be easy to forget about the health risks involved.


Eat and Drink Safely

Wherever you are in the world, be careful what you eat and drink. Food and water may be contaminated. In some European countries tap water cannot be drunk. Always check! If you have any doubts, boil it, sterilise it with disinfectant tablets or use bottled water. Try to avoid drinking drinks with ice. When eating, make sure you always eat freshly cooked food. Avoid re-heated food and always avoid food, which looks like it has been exposed to flies.


Take care in the sun

Many English people travel away from the United Kingdom in the summer, in search of beautiful beaches and, of course, the sun. Most believe that a holiday is not a proper holiday without returning with a beautiful tan. However, the sun can be extremely dangerous. Overexposure can cause sunburn, leading to premature skin ageing and an increased risk of skin cancer.

It is important to protect yourself:

Always use a sun tan cream containing UVA and UVB protection. Remember to re-apply every 45-60 minutes.
Stay out of the sun when it is at its strongest between 11am and 3pm.
Cover up: dress in loose, close cotton clothes that cover as much of your skin as possible.
Wear sunglasses which filter UV to protect your eyes.
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